In 1993 Patrick was living in San Francisco and studying Yoga with Manuoso Manos and Rodney Yee, who helped lay down the foundation for Patrick’s practice and teaching style.
In 1994 Patrick met John Friend in Los Angeles, and was greatly inspired by John’s teachings and style of teaching
Aadil Palkhivala became another inspiration and helped guide Patrick’s practice with more new insights.
In 1995 Patrick studied in Pune, India with the Iyengars.
In 1996 Patrick studied with Richard Freeman in Boulder, Co. and, then David Swenson became the other Ashtanga yoga influence. Dharma Mittra In New York City, and Tony Sanchez in San Francisco helped to expose Patrick to more approaches of hatha yoga, and what he enjoys and benefits from integrating into his practice and teachings. Patrick is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, many/most world religions, Carl Jung’s psychology, and Desmond Morris‘ understanding and insights into the world and nature of the animal kingdom. He is familiar with Sanskrit, and has studied the Bhagavad Gita and Indian Philosophy for several years with M.G. Prasad. His experiences and his sense of humor, has helped Patrick develop a unique style of teaching, enjoyed by many.
Patrick works closely with those students interested in taking their practice to the next level. His devoted focus on the subject of Yoga (self-realization) helps students in their development of an individualized approach, with individuation rather than collective identity as a higher goal in the path to enlightenment. With ideas for practice, suggested readings, and recommendations of appropriate teaching/exposing material, assisting the student in the continuing development of their practice. If asked to put a phrase to his style of teaching it is usually in the concept of, ‘exposing the individual to the possibilities and wise options, to help make their path easier, with fewer of what is often referred to as mistakes along the way.’ Patrick’s belief is mistakes are really learning opportunities, but they are mistakes if nothing was learned and the same unpleasant experiences occur.